fer·​vent | \ˈfər-vənt \

Definition of fervent 

1 : very hot : glowing the fervent sun

2 : exhibiting or marked by great intensity of feeling : zealous fervent prayers a fervent proponent fervent patriotism

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Other Words from fervent

fervently adverb

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impassioned, passionate, ardent, fervent, fervid, perfervid mean showing intense feeling. impassioned implies warmth and intensity without violence and suggests fluent verbal expression. an impassioned plea for justice passionate implies great vehemence and often violence and wasteful diffusion of emotion. a passionate denunciation ardent implies an intense degree of zeal, devotion, or enthusiasm. an ardent supporter of human rights fervent stresses sincerity and steadiness of emotional warmth or zeal. fervent good wishes fervid suggests warmly and spontaneously and often feverishly expressed emotion. fervid love letters perfervid implies the expression of exaggerated or overwrought feelings. perfervid expressions of patriotism

Examples of fervent in a Sentence

a fervent speech that called for tolerance and compassion for those who are different in the thick, fervent air of a tropical afternoon, a languor set in

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Trump had instead leaned into painting anyone who isn’t a white man—or an especially fervent supporter of white men—as an antagonist. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "We're Living in a Time of Cruel Laughing Men," 17 Oct. 2018 Ryan Gosling is no stranger to fans fawning over him on the Internet, but his surprise appearance at a Toronto coffee shop earlier this week, after a fervent Twitter campaign, proved to be a major real-life event for all involved. Fox News, "Ryan Gosling stops by Toronto coffee shop after management lobbies for visit with cardboard cut-out," 13 Sep. 2018 Luckily, my enthusiasm for English literature was just as fervent as my taste for nightclubs. Fernanda Eberstadt, Vogue, "Wild, Free, and Utterly Lost—Writer Fernanda Eberstadt on the Panic and Pitfalls of Post-Collegiate Life," 30 July 2018 Musk’s fringe is different because the center is morally righteous, which means the outliers are even more fervent than other fandoms. Bijan Stephen, The Verge, "The gospel of Elon Musk, according to his flock," 26 June 2018 While the opposition to the Trump administration has indeed been fervent, some would argue that the reaction matches the president's own fierce, and sometimes violent rhetoric. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Ivanka Trump's Evolving Role in Her Father's White House," 30 Aug. 2017 The two candidates have practically stumbled over each other to out-embrace the president and his most fervent supporters in the 11th Congressional District, which encompasses all of Staten Island and a slice of Brooklyn. Shane Goldmacher, New York Times, "‘It’s Gotten Personal’: Grimm-Donovan Race Nears a Bitter End," 24 June 2018 If this is what Mrs. May wants, fervent Brexit advocates are right to resign. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Moment of Truth for Brexit," 9 July 2018 Gottschalk, a fourth-year teacher, is involved in the city’s small but fervent Opt Out movement advising parents of their right to have their children skip taking the exams. Philly.com, "'I had test-itis': While kids are taking PSSAs, this teacher might be writing subversive poetry," 17 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of fervent

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fervent

Middle English, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin fervent-, fervens, present participle of fervēre to boil, froth — more at barm

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The first known use of fervent was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of fervent

: felt very strongly : having or showing very strong feelings


fer·​vent | \ˈfər-vənt \

Kids Definition of fervent

: felt very strongly fervent gratitude

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